Denmark to Permanently Cease Administering AstraZeneca Vaccines

Denmark became the first country in Europe to stop administering AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine due to a possible link between the vaccine and very rare blood clot cases.

“The Danish Health Authority (Sundhedsstyrelsen) has decided to continue the vaccination against COVID-19 without the vaccine from AstraZeneca,” confirmed the Sundhedsstyrelsen. 

There were already two cases in Denmark where AstraZeneca recipients have suffered severe blood clots, one of which was fatal

Sundhedsstyrelsen director Søren Brostrøm said Denmark’s 150,000 AstraZeneca vaccine recipients will now be offered a different jab for their second dose.

AstraZeneca’s removal from Denmark‘s vaccination scheme could delay the country’s vaccine rollout by up to four weeks.

Almost one million Danish citizens have received their first vaccine doses, 77% with Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, 7.8 percent with Moderna’s shot, and 15.3 percent with AstraZeneca’s before it was suspended.

Even with the suspension, there are very few Astrazeneca supplies in Denmark due to major delivery problems in the EU during the first quarter of 2021. 

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